Count the Blackhawks among those unimpressed that Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk had been named the NHL's Third Star for last week. The defending Stanley Cup champions made it a rough start to the new week for Dubnyk as the Hawks chased him during a 5-1 victory Monday night at Rexall Place. Andrew Shaw led the offensive onslaught with two goals and an assist while Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Johnny Oduya also scored to help the Hawks win their third in a row to improve to 3-1-0 on their seven-game road trip. Corey Crawford, making his 15th consecutive appearance, allowed only a goal by Justin Schultz in the second period as the Hawks controlled the pace throughout. "We knew we had to be ready from the start and I think that was the start we wanted with some quick goals right off the bat," said Crawford, who finished with 24 saves. Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad each added two assists as the Hawks ran their record to 17-4-4 on the season and rode the momentum of Toews' short-handed goal and Kane's score on the power play within the first 8 minutes, 4 seconds of puck drop. "It was a great start," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We get a short-handed goal and … that certainly got us off on the right foot and then we came right back with a power-play goal. Special teams in the first period really put us in a good spot. I thought across the board we did what we were looking to do. Real solid game." Dubnyk earned his honor Monday after backstopping the Oilers to two victories last week to help Edmonton extend its winning streak to a season-high three games. That streak was ended and the goalie watched the rest of the night from the bench after being yanked in the second period following a four-goal outburst on 14 shots by the Hawks. Dubnyk was replaced by veteran Ilya Bryzgalov, who made his season debut after being signed by the Oilers on Nov. 8. The Hawks are playing some of their best hockey after dropping the first game of the trip to the Avalanche 5-1 on Nov. 19 as they have outscored their next three opponents by a combined 13-5. "It's always a little different when you're on the road, they get the last change and it's obviously the other team's home building so they have the fans behind them," Keith said. "But we're doing a good job right now of taking it one game at a time and just focusing on our game and what we need to do." Toews started things for the Hawks when the captain scooped up a loose puck and scored short-handed off a breakaway. Special teams came through again when Kane notched his team-leading 13th goal while on the power play as the winger pounced on a rebound and flipped it past Dubnyk. Oduya made it a three-goal advantage when the defenseman's shot from the point pinballed off Oilers defenseman Corey Potter and bounced into the net.
Hawks chase Oilers goalie in rout
Chicago Tribune | Nov 26